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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says he's left Facebook over data collection

Steve Wozniak leaving FacebookApple co-founder Steve Wozniak told USA TODAY he's leaving Facebook out of growing concern for the carelessness with which Facebook and other Internet companies treat the private information of users.

"Users provide every detail of their life to Facebook and ... Facebook makes a lot of advertising money off this," he said in an email to USA TODAY. "The profits are all based on the user’s info, but the users get none of the profits back."


Fatal Trump tower fire: No sprinkler system in apartments

Trump tower fire: no sprinkler systems in apartments

The apartment in New York's Trump Tower that was destroyed in a raging fire that killed a resident and injured six firefighters had no sprinkler system, authorities said.

Firefighters remained at the scene Sunday, cleaning up after the blaze and trying to determine its cause. The fire broke out shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday in the 58-story building.

President Trump keeps a sprawling, penthouse residence in the building, and his business has offices there. Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said Secret Service agents accompanied firefighters to check on the Trump residence. Nigro said no Trump family members were inside at the time.



In 83 Million Eviction Records, a Sweeping and Intimate New Look at Housing in America

83 million evictions Before the first hearings on the morning docket, the line starts to clog the lobby of the John Marshall Courthouse. No cellphones are allowed inside, but many of the people who’ve been summoned don’t learn that until they arrive.

“Put it in your car,” the sheriff’s deputies suggest at the metal detector. That advice is no help to renters who have come by bus. To make it inside, some tuck their phones in the bushes nearby.

This courthouse handles every eviction in Richmond, a city with one of the highest eviction rates in the country, according to new data covering dozens of states and compiled by a team led by the Princeton sociologist Matthew Desmond.


1 Seriously Injured After Fire Breaks Out at Trump Tower: FDNY

Trump Tpwer fire NYC

A fire erupted at Trump Tower in Midtown on Saturday evening and one person was seriously injured in the blaze, a senior FDNY official said.

The fire broke out in multiple units on the 50th floor of the tower shortly before 6 p.m. It was knocked down by 6:45 p.m., according to the FDNY official.

Videos on social media show thick, black smoke and flames rising from the building as people watch below.


Alaska Voters Latest to Reject an Anti-Transgender Law

Alaska vote rejects anti-transgender

Within the span of a single year, major anti-transgender efforts have failed across the continental United States, and now in Anchorage, Alaska.

Ballot initiative Proposition 1—which would have defined “sex” based on “original birth certificate” and restricted restroom usage in municipal buildings accordingly—failed to win over Anchorage voters this week.

Those who voted in person on Tuesday said “no” to Prop 1 by a margin of 54 percent to 46 percent, leading LGBT advocacy group Fair Anchorage to be “hopeful” for a win once all the mail-in ballots were counted. Throughout the week, as the remainder of the ballots were tallied, that margin shrunk slightly but then held stable.


Ford recalls 350,000 trucks, SUVs over transmission problem

Ford recalls 350,000 trucks and SUV's Ford announced two safety recalls Friday affecting about 350,000 of its popular-selling pickups and full-size sport-utility vehicles.

The automaker said the recalls affect 2018 model year F-150 pickups, F-650 and F-750 utility trucks and Expedition SUVs.

The first recall affects nearly 350,000 F-150 and Expedition models with 10-speed automatic transmissions, as well as F-650 and F-750 models with six-speed transmissions. The vehicles were built at Ford truck plants in Dearborn, Mich., Kansas City, Kentucky and Ohio.


Oklahoma Senate takes up tax hike to halt teachers' strike

Oklahoma teachers' strike causes tax hikeThe Oklahoma Senate is set to debate a tax hike package on Friday to raise education funds in the hope of halting a strike by its public school teachers, who are some of the lowest-paid educators in the country.

The strike that started on Monday has affected more than half a million students. It comes after a successful West Virginia strike last month ended with a pay raise and as teachers in other states angry over stagnating wages are considering walk-outs.

The Oklahoma package includes a $20 million internet sales tax, a hotel tax hike expected to generate about another $50 million and a gambling measure that could bring in about another $22 million.


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